Back To Me

Well, I debated keeping this post separate and then I realized we girls like to 'say what we need to say' and I thought the better of it. Let's face it, honestly, I'm posting it so I'm going to be accountable to it. So I'm in for Health and Wellness on Mondays.

Here are a few 'resources' I am going to be utilizing in the next year. Oh no, I just said year. I'm getting on my own bandwagon for health and wellness after a long hiatus. And we all know a hiatus in this department is not a good thing. Nonetheless, I can't help that I am revved up to get going right here in the midst of Holiday Season 2008!

And you know what - that is okay - more than okay, I am excited about it.

Here's a little background. For my lifetime, I have been active and love sports, jogging, swimming, tennis. Two years ago, I ran my first marathon. A year and a half ago I ran my first Half- Marathon. Four years ago I was teaching "Body Sculpting" in my gym. So I did weight training three days a week and ran two or three.

Somewhere in there after accomplishing my marathon goal something odd occurred, I slowly stopped lacing up the tennis shoes so much. Life got busier, a move back to my Southern roots, a slurp back into Sweet Tea of my youth, another new Starbucks Latte to sample, etc.

Though I still am active with the Tigers and Mountain Man - I miss "my active." My jogs, my workout classes, myself. So Hello Internets, this year is about getting back to me! :) There's the short version. We'll see where this leads. I think I'll post on my own Health and Wellness on Mondays. If other posts are more pressing, I will at least plan to check in on it. Not a health blog, consider it getting to know Carolina Mama a little better. ;)

Anyone else struggle with little changes that lead to bigger changes and now you want to turn it back around? I would love it if anyone wants to join me. My girlfriend here in town is joining in. Now, to get her to Blog with us! Ya think a new health routine and blogging are too much for her to commence at once?! :) (I'll do what I can and stay tuned if she joins in the mommyblogging!")

So without much ado and without a lot of rules and regs I am getting going. This Week's Change: I am choosing one thing to change this week. Drum roll right from the South,

Giving up Sweet Tea, Starbucks Lattes!

This was my lifestyle prior to our soiree back to Dixie. So what worked well before will work well again. The translated version is no more 'drinking my calories.' :) I have really indulged in this area and loved all manner of Southern Sweet Tea and Starbucks Lattes.

Now, I am back to "Hello Sweet Tea with Splenda" "Hello Sugar-Free Hazelnut Latte!" "Hello Sugar-Free Peppermint Mocha!" etc.

Here are a couple of links to bolster us up:

Hungry Girl! I love this site. Check it out. You'll surely find something helpful there.

Here are Hungry Girl's Top 'Ate" as we head into Thanksgiving - I plan to take note and I share so enjoy :) :

TOP ATE Calorie-Saving Cooking Swaps!
1. Nonstick cooking spray instead of oil (for stovetop cooking)
2. Canned pumpkin instead of eggs & oil (for baking)
3. Light vanilla soymilk instead of milk or cream
4. Fat-free liquid egg substitute instead of eggs
5. No-sugar-added applesauce instead of butter
6. Ground-beef-style soy crumbles instead of ground beef
7. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granular) instead of sugar
8. Butternut squash instead of potatoes


Nutrition Data is a new resource I just discovered and it was pretty timely and all. Lots of data in one place, sounds good to me.

May the Lord bless this endeavor and may His hand be upon it.


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Chillee said...

Ok. I applaud your efforts. I would join you on this one but I love my Southern Sweet Tea. I can cut back but will not give it up. Like, having it only with dinner. Sweet tea is part of my culture. (I am in NC too. Probably right down the road from you) I can not, will not give it up. I just can't imagine. Now I will also let ya know that I drink decaff, but it is as sweet as it comes!! Funny, I need a name for my blog and I had 'Sweet Tea' on the list. Needless to say I am still looking for a name...

Good luck. I will be following you.

Carolina Mama said...

Chiliee, thanks for your thoughts. :) We all know our limits right! I do love my Sweet Tea, it will just have to be an occasional dessert for me!

Feel free to chose something you want to do. Or course, we all don't want or need to do the same adjustments. All the Best! CM

Sarah said...

Good for you! Can I join in after the baby is born? Thankfully when she comes it will be spring/summer and I can be outside.

Praying for you as you start this endeavor!

Kim @ My Journey said...

Good For You!!! I have an on~again, off~again relationship with running... I enjoy it, but find it hard to fit in with everything else. Guess working out is the easiest thing to quit. I do love to make sweet tea with Splenda (and don't notice a big difference).... definitely a good way to skip calories. Wishing you the very best and hoping to join in soon....

RosyRose said...

may he bless it indeed! And what an undertaking before the holidays. You are braver than most!
I know what you mean about getting in a rut without even realizing it! Maybe I will join you in January:)

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Girl, I wish I could join you on your efforts...too bad it's a little far to travel from Colorado to find a running buddy! I will be back with you in a few months after the baby is born, hoping that I can get back into shape. :)

Smelling Coffee said...

I've been behind on your blog, and am enjoying my catch-up! I think I'll join you in trying to be healthier in this next year! My GYN told me I needed to sweat at least 3 times a week - and I HATE to exercise. So, I'm now praying for a craving to exercise. And, after I finish a few more blog readings, I'm getting up and walking on the treadmill.

I'll pray for you, and you pray for me, and we'll look back this time next year and be so thankful for the healthy changes!

Love to you, friend... Jen